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Dining recs for Austin family traveling to Washington DC with 8 year old

mlin1 | Jan 8, 201711:34 AM

I will be traveling to Washington DC with my husband and 8 year old daughter in March and would love some help with our itinerary. We will be staying at the Hay-Adams Hotel in midtown, with no car. We are planning to take metro, cab, or uber. We are planning to hit all the touristy spots - Capitol, White House, Air and Space, Museum of Nat Hx, monuments, Arlington cemetery, National Archives, Paddleboats, Bureau of Engraving, National zoo, and a quick trip to Catholic University of America. We live in Austin Texas, and have great Tex Mex, BBQ, Southern, Interior mexican and sushi (its true). My husband and I are adventurous eaters and interested in both high end and casual meals. We cant find good peruvian, filipino, cambodian food here. Our budget is very flexible. Our daughter does not need a kids menu, and is well behaved (she will sit quietly and read a book). Since we are traveling with a child, we would like to eat early at 5 or 6 pm, and avoid restaurants that are formal/quiet, do not accept reservations, offer only prix fixe option, and/or are not easily accessible (<30 min) by taxi/metro from our hotel in midtown.

I am only planning 6-7 dinners, since I assume we will eat lunch at the museum cafes, or look for food trucks along the National mall (any lunch suggestions appreciated). Here is a tentative list - Maketto, Chinachilcano, Kinship, Convivial, All Purpose Pizza, Red Hen, Kapnos, Central, Jaleo, Tail up Goat, Estadio, Bar pilar. Any feedback on this list and which ones I should skip? Others that caught my eye (Bad Saint, Little Serow, Toki underground) did not take reservations.

Rose's Luxury is on my ultimate dining bucket list however, so we will try this even though they dont take reservations - wondering 1) which day of the week would be least crowded, 2) what time we should plan to get there to guarantee first seating, 3) is there any place nearby (coffee shop etc) to send my husband and daughter to wait while i stand in line, and 4) if the wait is crazy is there an alternative restaurant nearby to try instead

We arrive Friday afternoon into Reagan International airport and expect to arrive lateish to our hotel. Any thoughts on the Lafayette restaurant (inside the Hay Adams)? Is there another restaurant within walking distance for that first arrival dinner?

Also any thoughts on whether a pedicab tour of monuments is worthwhile with a child, or whether everything is in reasonable walking distance

Thank you so much!

Chido's Tex-Mex Grill,
China Chilcano,
Red Hen,
Kapnos Taverna,
Bad Saint,
Little Serow,
Toki Underground,
Rose's Luxury,
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